Some Random Ride Photos

Diamond Back at grassy roadside and winter wheat field

Wheat will be harvested soon —  wheat is actually a domesticated form of grass

Corn is also domesticated grass

So the wheat and corn are domesticated varieties of what was already growing here in the first place after the Ice Age — Prairie grass

Road Swag — doubtful this item will ever hold water again

Thats a soybean field —  Soybeans arrived as ballast for a clipper ship coming from China

Any idea what these are?  Glass bottomed attached to power lines

North Fork of the Vermilion River flowing south

Poison Hemlock is rampant around here

Note resurfaced road with fine limestone chips rather than pea gravel  🙂


Raleigh at CSX Railroad CR 4000N

JR’s Recyclables out of frame behind trees to the right

Foggy Morning

Elevator Cheneyville Illinois

Huge crunching sounds as we rode into town

Not at all  pleased to see where the sounds were coming from

Sad to see

We didnt stay long enough to see the final outcome

Not sure we wanted to

So, there are some random shots from a few rides around east central Illinois  🙂



Very much enjoy all the entries you all have provided -- great to see the everyday cycling venues. Being in eastern Illinois, scenery certainly isn't our forte, but oh well, the roads are normally quiet. Look forward to more and more entries from all of you, I do have a few over on BL -- in Bill's Day Rides, and one journal.

6 response to "Some Random Ride Photos"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: June 18, 2019

    Looks like the prairie to me! Reports from Blue Mound township indicate planting is horribly behind schedule. Some farmers might not even put a crop in the ground this year. Others might do so only because it’s required if they want to receive Federal relief for farmers being provided due to the tariff war. Rough time to be a farmer, although that’s not unusual.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 19, 2019

    Very late planting here too — the corn and soybean field photos were yesterday 6/18 — and here too, some fields wont be planted.
    Rain predicted for the next several days and flash flood watches posted.
    Not a good year.
    Been listening to Max Armstrong, farm broadcaster, for many years, (no relation to Lance that I know of) — good source of Ag info:

  3. By: NancyG Posted: June 20, 2019

    I really like seeing some of your countryside and environment Rich. I have not spent any time in Illinois that I know of so it is all new to me.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 20, 2019

      Thanks — its pretty much wide open plains — very different than most landscape photos posted here for sure.
      The sky occupies most of the viewing hemisphere with a huge circle of earth below it.
      But that is here in the glacial part of the state, in NW and Southern IL you wouldnt think you were in IL at all.

  4. By: Seasidejanet Posted: June 20, 2019

    Sorry to see the old elevator coming down…….one of my fondest childhood memories is my Dad listening to the ‘farm’ reports on the radio…..guess that’s why I dine myself listening to NPR all day.

  5. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: June 21, 2019

    Poison Hemlock sounds nasty, we have lots of prickly bushes but not so many poisonous ones. Shame about the elevator, that’s progress I suppose.

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